According to a recent article appearing on the Patch.com website, the Beverly Hills Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies warned motorists that DUI checkpoints would be set up on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.
The BHPD said that the checkpoint will be set up at an undisclosed location from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Police officers will be checking for drivers intoxicated by alcohol or drugs and checking to see if drivers have a valid license to drive.
In a press release, a spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Police Department said
“The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers associated with impaired driving, and serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.”
Other law enforcement agencies in the greater Los Angeles area and surrounding counties are also expected to hold DUI checkpoints for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Officials have noted a sharp increase in DUI crashes and arrests over the past 12 months. According to the California Department of Transportation, this increase coincides with the easing of restrictions after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Funding for DUI checkpoints has been provided by grant monies from the California Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).